Oregon activists refile cannabis legalization act
Oregon: The Campaign for the Restoration and Regulation of Hemp (CRRH), a group geared towards teaching others about medicinal and industrial uses for cannabis, is sponsoring the Oregon Marijuana Tax Act (2010). The organization has revised the Act from a previous failed initiative, refiled it with the legislature, and is now in the process of collecting 1,000 sponsorship signatures. When they have been authorized to actually circulate the petition, they will need to gather 82,769 valid signatures by July 2, 2010 to qualify for the November 2010 ballot.
The current proposal states that a myriad of benefits will come out of legalizing cannabis for constructive uses, including:
- Protecting children by taking the marijuana market out of the black market, and placing it in stores where an age limit would be enforced.
- Helping to license farmers to cultivate cannabis
- Allowing doctors to prescribe untaxed cannabis through pharmacies.
- Raising millions in public revenue, lowering the need for other taxes and taking the profit out of criminals' hands.
- Restoring industrial hemp as a productive agricultural source, which it had been for years before it was criminalized.
- Stopping the trend of arresting and prosecuting harmless adult cannabis users.